Anzac Day 2022 Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter

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Anzac Day commemorations are an important day in the Newcastle region with many attending the Newcastle Dawn Service at Nobbys Beach as well as other Anzac celebrations. Anzac Day is a day to remember the service and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on 25 April 1915.

More than a hundred years later, we still remember the service of the Anzacs. To commemorate this event, here are details about events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. Unlike previous years, there are no COVID-19 restrictions on attending Anzac Day events.

If you can’t make it to an event, Newy with Kids has put together a guide to commemorate Anzac Day with your family with a variety of activities to remember the sacrifice made. These include Light Up the Dawn, baking Anzac biscuits, visiting Gallipoli virtually and visiting a local Anzac memorial.

Anzac Day Dawn Service at Nobbys Beach

The Dawn Service at Camp Shortland at Newcastle Foreshore on Monday 25 April 2022 will begin at 5am and will include a band, choir, bugler and bagpiper. The service will conclude at approximately 6am with a four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the guns at Fort Scratchley.

In keeping with tradition there will be a controlled blackout of the site prior to the Dawn Service. Attendees are advised to bring a torch, warm clothing and wet weather protection.

Large outdoor screens on Camp Shortland and Shortland Lawn will provide coverage of the Dawn Service. (You can also watch the live stream of the event online or on NBN Television from 5am).

To get to Nobbys either walk, do park and ride or take public transport – additional buses, light rail, ferries, and trains will run from 3.30am. For information and to plan your trip visit newcastletransport.info or call 131500. There will be free travel on public transport for veterans and their families on Anzac Day.

Park and Ride will be available from McDonald Jones Stadium to Market Street Lawn from 3:30am to 12:30pm. This is a free service from the City of Newcastle.

Tips on attending Nobbys Dawn Service

In the past, Newy with Kids readers have provided tips on attending the Nobbys Dawn Service with kids as well as suggesting other alternatives. These include:

  • Go early to get a park and stay cosy. Take beanies and a thermos of hot chocolate.
  • Put back bedtime routine the night before at least an hour. It’s the best way to not have to deal with super crankiness at a 4am wakeup. And agreed, get there as early as you can manage. Kids are already confused by the sleep disturbance and heading out in the cold and dark, so make sure you’re settled by the time the ceremony starts.
  • We put a long sleeve shirt and socks on our child for bed that night too, so all that’s needed is undies and pants in the morning. Shoes in the car for when he is more awake, along with a small snack!
  • Park near NIB and allow enough time to walk/scooter/take public transport to Nobbys. We’ll be going to the Gregson Park Dawn Service in Hamilton. There is a lovely ceremony with schools involved and it’s not so crowded so a bit better suited for little ones.
  • I haven’t taken my girls to the Dawn Service before, but found the march along King Street interesting and exciting for little ones.
  • Go to a local Dawn Service instead or the 9am service in Civic Park instead as unless you are there at 4am you won’t be able to see or hear anything.

Anzac Day March – Hunter Street

Anzac Day March will be held on Monday 25 April 2022 from 9:15am – 10am starting from Hunter Street Mall, along King Street and finishing in Civic Park. The Newcastle Anzac Day United Commemoration Service will then be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing at 10am.

Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day

Fort Scratchley will be open on Anzac Day from 12pm to 4pm for firing of the guns and tours. Firing of the guns is set at 1pm and 3pm. A four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the Mark 7 Guns at Fort Scratchley will be conducted at the conclusion of the Dawn Service at approximately 6am, this represents the Navy, Army, Air Force and Anzac

Hamilton Anzac Day Service

There is also the Anzac Day Service in Gregson Park in Hamilton at 6am. Following the Dawn Service, breakfast will be available in the grounds of nearby Hamilton Public School. The Hamilton Public School P& C Association will be hosting a breakfast following the Service in the school grounds (gold coin donation) – community welcome.

Other Anzac Day Events in Newcastle

In Newcastle, there are a number of Anzac Day services and marches in addition to the larger events at Nobbys and Hamilton

Adamstown: Service will be held at the World War 1 Memorial, 282 Brunker Road Adamstown commencing at 8.30am. There will be no march this year.

Beresfield: Dawn service will be starting at 5.30am, at the Community Memorial Cenotaph, corners of Allendale Street and Anderson Drive, Beresfield.

Merewether: Dawn service will be held at the Mitchell Park Memorial Gates in Mitchell Street at 6:30am.

Shortland: Dawn service will be held at 5:30am in Memorial Garden on Conmurra Crescent followed by Breakfast.

Anzac Day Events in Lake Macquarie

In Lake Macquarie, there are a number of Anzac Day services and marches.

Belmont: March will start at 9.45am from High Street and will proceed along Pacific Highway to the monument in Cullen Park. The official service will start at 10am in Cullen Park.

Cardiff: March will commence from the corner of Macquarie Road and Main Road Cardiff at 4.50am. Dawn service will be held at the Cardiff RSL Club at 5:15am.

Catherine Hill Bay: Dawn service will commence at 6am at Catherine Hill Bay War Memorial on Flowers Drive.

Dora Creek: Dawn Service will be held at Neville Thompson Oval at 6am, with a gunfire breakfast at Dora Creek Workers Club. A march at 9.30am will follow with the main service at Neville Thompson Oval at 10am.

Dudley: Dawn service will be held at the War Memorial on the corner of Ocean Street and Redhead Road at 5:30am.

Pelican: March leaves the corner of Makoro and Piriwal streets at 5.50am, with the dawn service to begin in Pelican RSL Memorial Park at 6am.

Speers Point: Service commences at 5:45am at the boat ramp cap park at Speers Point Park. Dawn service commences at 6am.

Swansea: 6am dawn service will be held at Swansea RSL Club on Bridge Street with a march to begin at 11am. A service will be held after at Swansea RSL Club.

Teralba: Morning service at Anzac Park. will commence at 8am.

Toronto: Dawn service will be held at 6am the Goffet Park war memorial. At 11am, a march will be held at The Boulevarde in front of the Diggers Club. 11:30am morning service at Goffet Park war memorial.

Valentine: A march will start at 10am at Allambee Park, Valentine followed by a service at 10.30am.

Wangi Wangi: March will form at 9am, with vehicles to follow along Puna Road and Dobell Drive at 9.45am. A service will follow at Wangi RSL Sub-Branch Club on Watkins Road.

West Wallsend: A service will commence at the grounds of West Wallsend Workers Club on Carrington Street at 9.45am. 

Anzac Day Events in Maitland & the Hunter Valley

Branxton: Dawn Service at 5:30am at Branxton War Memorial, John Rose Avenue. March at 11:30am from the Branxton Inn at 11.30am March concludes at the War Memorial Rotunda at 11.45am. Main service at 11:45am at Branxton War Memorial, John Rose Avenue Branxton.

Cessnock: Dawn Service at 5:30am at Cenotaph at TAFE. Gunfire Breakfast at Cessnock Leagues Club, Darwin St. Cessnock at 7am (ticketed event). An additional service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park Aberdare commencing at 9.30am. March at 11am along Vincent Street to Cooper street, left into Cooper Street into North Avenue to TAFE Park. Main service at 11:35am at Cenotaph and Memorial TAFE Park Cessnock.

Denman: Dawn Service at 6am at Memorial Park Paxton Street Denman Road. March and morning service at 11:45am.

East Maitland – Dawn Service at East Maitland War Memorial at 5.30am, a march down High Street in East Maitland with band and police escort from 8.30am, and the main service at East Maitland War Memorial at 9.30am.

Greta: Dawn Service at 5:30am at Greta Cenotaph. March followed by main service starting at 9:30am to cenotaph for the main service at 10am.

Kurri Kurri: Dawn Service at 5am at Rotary Park Cenotaph. March followed by main service starting at 10am.

Maitland: The Dawn Service commences at approximately 5.30am. All Veterans, family of Veterans, past and present, current defence members are all welcome to join in the march, which forms up just outside the entry gates of Maitland Park, in Elgin Street. A light breakfast will be supplied by East Maitland Lions Club after the Dawn Service, just near the Cenotaph. The Anzac day march form up at 10.20am, at the corner of Church Street and Caroline Place, and march off to Maitland Park World War 1 Cenotaph. The Day Anzac Day Service will commence when they arrive, normally around 11.00am.

Morpeth – March at 10.00am along Swan Street with a service at Morpeth Cenotaph at 11.00am.

Muswellbrook: Dawn Service at 6am at Muswellbrook Cenotaph corner of Market St & New England Highway Muswellbrook. March at 10am and main service at 10:30am.

Anzac Day Events in Port Stephens

Medowie: Dawn service at Lions Memorial Park at 6am. Gunfire breakfast in Medowie Social. March at 5:45am from Bull n Bush carpark along Ferodale Rd to Medowie Social.

Nelson Bay: Dawn service to be held in Apex Park at 5:30am. March at 10:15am from Bowling Club to Apex Park via Stockton Street. Main Service to commence at 10.45am in Apex Park.

Raymond Terrace – A March and Service will be conducted in ANZAC Park, Raymond Terrace, from 05:45AM – 06:30AM. RSL Members, veterans, Service personnel and Ex-Service personnel will form up for a short march at the Jacaranda Avenue entrance to the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club by 05:45AM for a short march to ANZAC Park. The Service will run from 05:50am – 06:30am. Following the Service, people are invited to a “gun-fire” breakfast being held in the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club (gold coin donation). The Main Service will run from 10:55am – 11:40am at Anzac Park.

Tea Gardens – Dawn Service at Marine Drive, Tea Gardens. March at 6am. Gunfire breakfast will follow at Tea Gardens Country Club, bus available. Main Service at 11am to be held at ANZAC Park, Tea Gardens as per the service guidelines.

Tilligerry: Dawn Service at 5:45am at Tilligerry RSL Sports Club. Gold coin donation per person. Anzac March at 9:15am. Stepping off, marching onto Lemon Tree Passage Rd to the cenotaph at Tilligerry RSL Sport club. Main Service at 10am at Tilligerry RSL Sports Club.

Other Anzac Day Activities

As well as attending an Anzac Day service or march, you can also commemorate the significance of the day in other ways. It’s not easy to explain Anzac Day to kids but here are some different options you can do with your family to remember the sacrifice of the Anzacs as we approach Anzac Day. You might also want to read to your kids about Anzac Day. Here’s a selection of children’s books about the Anzacs.

You can also go for a walk along the Newcastle Memorial Walk at Strzelecki Lookout. The walk features steel silhouettes of ANZAC soldiers engraved with 3,860 family names of almost 11,000 known Newcastle and Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted during World War I.


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